Welcome to Trinity Lutheran in Bradenton, FL!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Faith,
      Wow! What an adventure our Sabbatical of 2022 proved to be…Travel included a path from Florida to Kentucky to the Atlantic Ocean…back to Kentucky and then with Garry to the Pacific Ocean via Missouri and the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington – and back!  All folded together for a memorable and delightful escape from the daily demands of ministry.  Thank you all for sending me off to refresh and renew. It was just what I needed after our many months of strange and challenging days with Covid issues and navigating those perplexing waters of being church without being able to do what we have always done – gather and be faith family face to face.
      Check out my article in the August Trends  for more about our cross country adventures! 
      I took a Yoga teacher training course and look forward to combining yoga with some contemplative prayer practices this fall  -- leading a six-week offering.  Be looking for those details in next month’s newsletter. 
      I also visited and met with several pastors of churches that are engaged in implementing the Growing Young strategies that we are working on at Trinity, and am excited to share the learnings with our team.  This is such a crucial time for our congregations to be reinventing our relationships across generations – connecting the awe and wonder of our youth with the wisdom and faith stories of our elders.  It is indeed a phenomenal time to be church and to attend to the people God has entrusted to our care.
      On my return, we had an awesome time sending Vicar Roger off – “properly roasted” at the beginning of July. 
      Now we have also welcomed Vicar Kerri and are ready to jump into a new internship year.  May God continue to release us into the world filled with love and joy, serving and encouraging one another as we point to the One whom we follow!                                   Pastor Bobbie

                              You're Invited to Weekly Worship!
Worship:
Manatee County's current COVID Risk Level is HIGH. Based on CDC Guidelines -- which we have followed since the start of the pandemic -- we again recommend that all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face covering when entering our buildings. Trinity staff members will wear masks. 

Please join us for worship:

  • Saturdays, 5:30pm* - Contemporary
  • Sundays, 8:30am
  • Sundays, 9:15am* - Contemporary worship      
  • Sundays, 10:45am* - Traditional worship

These services also livestream on our Facebook page (@TLCbradenton) and our YouTube channel.  

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther shared some still applicable advice when he and his people were dealing with a critical health crisis: "I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence." 

Luther's Works Volume 43 page 132
 
Our Mission:  Being Neighbor  †  Sharing God’s Transforming Love!
       

 

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You are invited to join our multi-generational activities:
  • July 31st    J-O-Y  -- scripture, songs, high's & low's and crafts
  • August 7th    Filling Back-to-School bags for Just for Girls' students
  • August 14th    Faith Formation Planning for fall and winter
  • August 21st    Chaplain Cliff brings the Dead Sea Scrolls to life
  • August 28th    Our Luther Rock campers will tell us about their week at the "Alternate" ELCA Youth Gathering in North Carolina. Plan to hear what Heath, Lily, Riley, Tanner and Amanda share about their faith-filled and fun adventure! 

Your financial gifts make it possible for us to continue to serve our neighbors' needs through our numerous ministries.  DONATE HERE to send a secure contribution electronically.  Thank you.


It's already time for our students to start returning to classes!  Note these opportunities to help us assist our ministry partners:

Our quilters made book bags for the students at Just for Girls and we will fill those with school supplies on Sunday, August 7th, 10am.  

With Thrivent's support, we're purchasing back packs for our Migrant children served at Beth-El Farmworker Ministry, and the needed back to school items for the children at Prine Elementary, just blocks from Trinity. 

To help us complete our funding of these projects, we invite you to mark your monetary gift: “Back-to-School”.  You may also make a secure gift onlineThank you!


Prayer List updated 8/11/22:  use this link. To add or remove names, click [More].


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